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Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh's PM, in her own words

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks during an interview in Dhaka on Dec.5. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been in office since January 2009 as head of the ruling Awami League party. In that period Bangladesh has experienced record-breaking annual growth in gross domestic product, which has risen from 5.04% in 2009 to 7.86% in the financial year to June 30, 2018, as well as severe challenges ranging from natural disasters to terrorism.

Her policies and government face a crucial test on Dec. 30, when Bangladesh goes to the polls. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party boycotted the last elections in 2014, but is participating this time. If re-elected, Hasina will secure her fourth term as prime minister.

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